The Beit Bridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s busiest border crossings, with an average of about 25,000 people and 500 trucks passing through daily. Congestion and delays mean that travelers can wait up to four days to get clearance from customs officials. In a bid to improve efficiency, home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that a new one-stop border post will be fully operational by 2024.
This border post is one of four upgrades South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged would be a priority for the government in an effort to increase regional integration as South Africa chairs the African Union. Part of the construction will include office space for immigration officials and traffic lanes for commercial, private, and public vehicles. Similar infrastructure projects are being considered for South Africa’s borders with Lesotho, eSwatini, Mozambique, and Botswana.